Mobile middle school named one of tops in U.S.

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A Mobile middle school has received a national honor.

It was named one of the nation’s top 50 middle schools by a website called The Best Schools.org.

PHILLIPS PREP HONOR

Phillips Prep was number 42.

The criteria used was the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results in science, math, and reading as well as state test results.

HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSES

The website also praises the school’s extra curricular offerings.

Imagine writing Chinese characters on a smart board?

Students can get high school credit taking Chinese and other languages.

There’s also Honors Algebra One.

Yolanda Sibley teaches Algebra One.

She said, “It is offered in the 8th grade, and they get high school credit for it.”

DIVERSITY IS IMPORTANT

But, it is not just courses.

Principal Brenda Hartzog also credits diversity, and a special teaching philosophy.

Hartzog said, “We’re going to teach up here (she motions high), and, what we expect is for the students to rise to that expectation.”

STUDENTS THINK CAREERS

This is a college prep magnet school and some students are already thinking about their careers.

8th Grader Jahni Jules said, “I hope to become a pharmacist and help people with medications.”

8th Grader Jackson Reimer said, “I think being an engineer would be cool, like a civil engineer, building buildings in Mobile or somewhere.”

For these students, the building process is well underway.

Phillips Prep is also one of the school systems 12 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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